This week, I've been awarded the 2012 Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for "System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management." The following e-mail arrived in my inbox on Monday evening:
"Dear Kevin Greene,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2012 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management technical communities during the past year."
To receive this award is a real honour and it tops off a fantastic 12 months for me participating in the System Center world. I've made loads of new friends, had the privilege to present at the Irish and Northern Irish System Center 2012 launches, participated in numerous Community Evaluation Programs (CEP's) and even got a free ticket to MMS 2012 in Las Vegas as a result of winning the Private Cloud CEP contest!
The next 12 months are going to be really exciting too with the launch of our new book on System Center 2012 Operations Manager this month and the MVP Summit in Seattle in February to attend - not to mention also the MMS/TechEd 2013 conference in either New Orleans or Vegas!
There's so many people to thank for their support and help over the last year, but in particular I wanted to give a special mention to Gavin McShera, Art Coughlan and Dave Northey in Microsoft Ireland and also to Aidan Finn (Hyper-V MVP) and Damian Flynn (System Center MVP) for giving me guidance and helping with the nomination for MVP. Also, thanks to all my friends in the System Center community who work tirelessly to share their knowledge and advice any time it's needed.
A big mention has to go to my workplace friends and colleagues in Ergo who have given me the opportunity to work on pretty much nothing other than System Center projects for the last few years which has been a huge help in attaining an understanding of this fantastic suite of products.
Finally, a massive thanks has to go to my wife and son for putting up with all the late nights and weeks away from home over the last year and whose patience has been key to helping keep me focused on the work that I love!